Friday, November 27, 2015

NFL Needs Cannabis More Than Ever

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CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjya Gupta, reports that 96% of former NFL players, who agreed to have their brains tested after death, show signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a condition similar to Alzheimer's.

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain common in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. With the recent passing of NFL great and CTE sufferer, Frank Gifford, more concern than ever is being focused on solutions.

Cannabis (marijuana) offers hope though it's presently a banned substance on the NFL's drug policy. Cannabis has been shown to protect the brain from head trauma and also assist with recovery. In fact, the US Government holds a patent for marijuana as a neuroprotectant. 

The patent (#6630507) is titled “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants” and was awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in October 2003.
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